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Posted on: November 1, 2016


Multi-agency effort constructs bypass waterline, providing 17 million gallons of supply;
Work beginning on permanent repair of the original main

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Wilmington, NC – November 1, 2016: Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is pleased to announce that ALL WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED for CFPUA’s service area. The multi-agency construction of a 900-foot bypass waterline is complete and it continues to work without issue. The bypass waterline is now supplying Brunswick County, CFPUA, and Pender County with approximately 17 million gallons of raw water supply a day. While this is a reduced amount from the output of the original line, it is enough of a secure supply that CFPUA can lift all restrictions.

The construction of the bypass waterline and the continuing repair of the original line involves a coordinated effort of multiple agencies and no less than seven different contractors. The bypass waterline is allowing crews to shift their efforts towards the permanent repair of the original 48” waterline, which will take several more days to complete. The temporary road has been extended around the break scene and equipment is in place start on the permanent repair.

Photos and video of the repair scene are available at Click on the Go to Homepage Button to see the latest posts. Video is available on our CFPUA YouTube Channel. Search CFPUA or click here…

Over the course of the last week, CFPUA received a number of calls from customers being served by our emergency water wells about either discoloration or a sulfur-like smell. As CFPUA returns the water system to more normal operation, the use of the emergency wells will be reduced, then stopped. Discoloration and odor issues are expected to lessen and then stop along with that process.

Because the issues are likely to be noticeable for a few days, CFPUA’s list of FAQs about water discoloration and odor remains on our homepage. We have also posted a map of the areas where customers might be affected by the situation. Again, visit and click on the Go to Homepage button.

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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) was formed by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to combine their water and sewer operations. It began operations on July 1, 2008. Today, the Authority serves more than 67,000 water customer accounts and more than 65,000 wastewater customer accounts. It oversees more than 1,000 miles of water mains and nearly 1,000 miles of sewer mains. For more information, visit

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